Published by Simon Pulse on April 16, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Jenn Bennett knocks it out of the park again with her latest release, Serious Moonlight.
Jenn is an auto-buy author for me. Her writing is just so effortless and her story-telling is phenomenal!
This standalone YA Contemporary is told in the first-person POV of our heroine, Birdie. You get a teenage romance intertwined with a fun mystery for a ridiculously cute story. It is quirky and unique, as are all of Jenn’s books.
These characters are everything. Birdie is 100% relatable and Daniel is the sweetest! They are flawed and real but completely charming. Their relationship is awkward and adorable; I just couldn’t get enough of these two!
Overall, I absolutely recommend Serious Moonlight to fans of Jenn Bennett’s previous works or light YA Contemporary in general. I will always be happy to pick up Jenn’s books, and now I’ll eagerly await her next release!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult books, including: Alex, Approximately; Serious Moonlight; Starry Eyes; and The Lady Rogue. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults (the Roaring Twenties and Arcadia Bell series). Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. In addition to being a writer, she’s also an artist (oils and watercolors, mainly), lover of classic film (Myrna Loy forever), and an armchair historian. She was born in Germany and has lived in both Europe and several U.S. states, and has traveled extensively throughout China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs.